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The Great War

Poignant letters home from Leeds’s Great War chaplain

A new book will tell the story of a Methodist minister from Leeds who became one of the youngest army chaplains of the Great War.

Church remembers wartime vicar whose family paid the ultimate price

Church remembers wartime vicar whose family paid the ultimate price

A West Yorkshire church has held a special service in honour of its World War One vicar who lost two of his sons in the conflict.

Gary Hancock, museum technician, infront of the refurbished  bi-plane, which was transported to the International Somme Commemoration event at Thiepval, in Northern France.

Picture James Hardisty

First World War bi-plane returns from Somme commemorations for York exhibition

A Comprehensive exhibition covering the land and air campaigns of the Battle of the Somme has returned to the Yorkshire Air Museum in Elvington, after it was seen by 10,000 people in Thiepval, France.

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Archivist Alison Kay is pictured on the Ambulance Train.
Picture by Simon Hulme

Life on board an ambulance train recreated - 100 years on from their busiest time

A WEEK after the start of the bloodiest battle in British military history, 6,000 men were loaded onto ambulance trains at Southampton ready to be taken to hospitals up and down the country for treatment.

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Outrage as Somme commemoration poppies flogged on eBay

Outrage as Somme commemoration poppies flogged on eBay

Limited edition golden poppies made to commemorate the men who fell on the first day of the Battle of the Somme are already selling on eBay - for more than ten times their original value.

Thousands of poppies cast a red sea of colour over a field on the edge of Leeds, West Yorkshire, ahead oe events to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Chris Bond: The Somme’s full truth is even more haunting and humbling

IT HAS been said that journalism is “the first draft of history”.

Garden Caretaker 1st Class Nick Holden at the Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery in North Yorkshire, where 23 First World War servicemen are buried or commemorated, as preparations are made to mark the Centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

YP Letters: Somme commemoration especially significant

From: Edward Grainger, Botany Way, Nunthorpe, Middlesbrough.


The worst day: How Yorkshire joined our nation in marking 100 years of The Somme

Yorkshire and the nation has fallen silent to honour thousands of soldiers killed in the Battle of the Somme 100 years after the bloodiest day in British military history.

As Britain falls silent to remember the Battle of the Somme, we must recognise, says Dan Jarvis, that it is a measure of our common humanity that we must ensure it never happens again.

Dan Jarvis: Lessons from the Somme must not be forgotten

TODAY, and over the days to come, people across Yorkshire will remember one of the bloodiest battles of the 20th century.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend evening events at the Thiepval Memorial in France. Gareth Fuller/PA Wire.

The Somme – Yorkshire remembers 100 years on

A host of events will take place across Yorkshire to remember those from the region who lost their lives in the bloodiest episode in British military history. Hannah Start reports.


Protected for all time: Yorkshire memorials to slaughter of the Somme

EACH represents the sacrifice of brave Yorkshiremen - from two shepherds who spent their childhoods on the Moors before signing up together to fight, to the hundreds who left our cities, never to return.

Troops of the British XIV Corps, advancing near Ginchy, during the Battle of Morval, part of the Somme Offensive during World War I

They didn’t stand a chance: How 1,770 Bradford Pals died in a single hour on the Somme

THE industrial slaughter of thousands of Yorkshire “citizen soldiers” on the killing fields of the Somme had little to do with their inexperience, a historian at the Imperial War Museum has said on the eve of the battle’s 100th anniversary.

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Tony Laking Pictured looking at artifacts that belonged to his grandfather who was in Battle of the Somme, pictured at his home at Eldwick. Picture by Simon Hulme

The Battle of the Somme: Band of Brothers united

THE Bradford Pals were among those who fought at the Somme. Now a new memorial is being unveiled in the French village that became their second home. Chris Bond reports.

Ian Reed the Director of the Yorkshire Air Museum, pictured with Avro 504 Biplane. Picture by Simon Hulme

First World War plane ready for Battle of the Somme commemorations

IT WAS the first time in history that a dedicated air campaign was mounted to support a military offensive.

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The Battle of the Somme: The British Army’s darkest day

To the French it is a river. But to the British it sums up the horrors of the First World War. In the first in a week-long series marking its centenary, Chris Bond looks back at the Battle of the Somme.

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German President Joachim Gauck and the Princess Royal  leave St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall, Orkney, after a service to mark the centenary of the Battle of Jutland.

A century on, a spirit of unity as Jutland’s darkest day is recalled

One hundred years may have passed, but their sacrifice has not been forgotten.

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Battle of Jutland: Who ruled the waves during the First World War?

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Jutland. Chris Bond looks back at the biggest naval battle of the First World War and why it was so crucial.

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Frederick James Davies, a private in the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusiliers.  Pic: Jane Oliver/PA Wire.

Newly shared war letters tell of Christmas truce exchanges in no man’s land

IT WAS a showing of humanity that belied the horrific circumstances of trench warfare, and even now, more than a century later, personal tales of the Christmas truce during the First World War are still being told anew.

Lucy Moore, project coordinator, and Nicola Pullan, assistant curator, with some of her paperwork

Vote battle that showed a path towards equality

The Great War divided the Suffragette movement, but it was also a chance for women to show they were equal to men in the workplace, as Chris Bond reports.


Leeds Mercury 1914: Letters from the Front

Readers who received letters from men on active service were invited to submit them to the “Leeds Mercury.” Any extracts published were paid for, with the promise that letters would be carefully and promptly returned to the senders.

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